The young Indian fast bowler, Shivam Mavi shared an anecdote about the advice from the Indian head coach, Rahul Dravid while he was struggling with injuries. Mavi was one of the standouts in India’s U-19 World Cup triumph in 2018 but had to wait for his call-up into the senior side. The 24-year-old finally got his call into the India squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka and also bought buy Gujarat Titans for six crores in the IPL auction in December.
Talking about his call-up to ESPN Cricinfo, as quoted by Hindustan Times, Shivam Mavi said, “When we play domestic games, we normally hit the bed early to get proper rest. But that day, because I heard the team was about to be announced, I was sitting in Saurabh bhaiyya’s room with Samarth [Singh]. As soon as I learnt of my selection, for a split second, everything came to a standstill. It was an amazing feeling. I was emotional, but I knew my time had come.”
Injuries had hindered Mavi’s progression over the past few years and the young fast bowler decided to remain positive during the period.
Elaborating the same, Shivam Mavi said, “I have always been quite mentally strong. What I have learnt all the while is that injuries are part and parcel of the game. It is easy to be positive when things are going your way, but it is more important to stay positive when you are injured. That’s all I ever reminded myself of.”
The 24-year-old also shared an anecdote about Dravid and said his former U-19 coach told him to keep his entire focus on the field of play and be prepared for all the opportunities that would come his way.
Elaborating the same, Shivam Mavi said, “When I got injured the second time, I was at the NCA and Rahul [Dravid] sir was also there. I was under pressure because of my repeated injuries. That’s when I sought him out and asked for his advice. He asked me to just keep my entire focus on the field of play. Injuries will come and go, but it is important to stay prepared for all opportunities that come your way.”